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July 2, 2014
AgustaWestland and the Brazilian Navy’s Naval Aviation have penned a contract for a major midlife upgrade of eight Lynx Mk21A helicopters. The contract, valued at more than $160 million, includes...
July 1, 2014
Diagram showing AVX Aircraft’s offering for the Joint Multi-Role competition. Renderings courtesy of AVX Aircraft Coaxial compound and tiltrotor aircraft are making news thanks to the U.S. Army’s search for the next-generation platform to replace its Sikorsky Black Hawk and Boeing Apache helicopter fleets from 2035 onward. While both technologies have been around for many years and to differing...
July 1, 2014
Bell Helicopter showcased a VIP mockup of the Bell 505 Jet Ranger X at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in West Sussex, United Kingdom, that ran through June 29. At the event...
July 1, 2014
Boeing officials have confirmed that there will be at least one further version of the AH-64 attack helicopter and probably two more versions of its CH-47 heavy lift helicopter before any aircraft developed through the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) Future Vertical Lift (FVL) initiative are fielded. Boeing’s outgoing director of attack helicopters, Mike Burke, stated that the Apache AH-64E was a...
June 30, 2014
Airbus Helicopters has delivered an AS350 B3e and EC135 T2e to Malaysian operator Aerial Power Lines Sdn Bhd (APL). The helicopters will be used for electrical power line construction, maintenance and surveillance. APL is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Sarawak Cable Berhad (SCABLE), and the only company approved by the Department of Civil Aviation Malaysia to...
June 30, 2014
Finmeccanica - AgustaWestland has received the 2014 American Helicopter Museum and Education Center Achievement Award for advancements in rotary wing...
June 30, 2014
The U.S. Air Force is moving forward with a derivative of the Sikorsky UH-60M Black Hawk for a Combat Rescue Helicopter (CRH) to replace the HH-60G Pave Hawk fleet. Lockheed Martin is also involved as a major subsystems supplier for the CRH program. There are currently around 100 HH-60Gs in service with the Air Force (active plus reserve) and Air National Guard. The first portion of the long-term...
June 27, 2014
Bell Helicopter has delivered three Bell 407GX aircraft to two Chinese customers from their Commercial Aircraft Assembly Center located in Mirabel, Quebec, Canada. Chongqing General Aviation Co. received two Bell 407GX aircraft that will be used in China for parapublic missions...
June 27, 2014
Northrop Grumman has introduced new cockpit technology designed for both rotary- and fixed-wing platforms. The new system features a partitioned architecture software that can be applied to platforms such as the AH-64D/E Apache, H-60L Black Hawk and CH 47D/F Chinook helicopters and is certifiable under DO-178 standards.  Northrop Grumman’s Mission Equipment...
June 26, 2014
Discussions are reportedly under way in Japan to acquire a new utility helicopter for the Japanese Ground Self-Defence Force (JGSDF). The eventual procurement cycle could last a decade and be worth around $2 billion. The ambition is to replace the 150+ Bell Helicopter UH-1H/Js utility helicopters that were manufactured and improved under license by Fuji heavy Industries. The last UH-X program was awarded...
June 26, 2014
AgustaWestland has delivered the sixth AW119Kx to Life Link III of Minnesota and Wisconsin. The helicopter, which features advanced life-saving equipment and a customized EMS interior...
June 25, 2014
Geisinger Health System has introduced a new twin-engine Airbus Helicopter EC145 to its existing fleet of Life Flight air ambulances. This is the fifth EC145 helicopter in the Life Flight fleet, part of an ongoing...
June 25, 2014
NHI has delivered the 200th NH90 helicopter to Belgian Defence. The Tactical Transport Helicopter (TTH) will be operated from Beauvechain Air Force Base by the 1st Wing. The handover ceremony took place during the annual NH90 Product Conference being held this year at the German Army Aviation School...
June 24, 2014
AgustaWestland AW101 in the Norwegian SAR configuration. Photo courtesy AgustaWestland Your correspondent has battled his way through the corporate jungle that is the Farnborough Air Show for more than a quarter of a century. The show was once a closed showcase for products of a thriving British aerospace manufacturing industry but, as that has declined over the years, the requirement to reach out beyond...
June 23, 2014
French helicopter maker Helicopteres Guimbal has obtained a validation type certificate for the Cabri G2 from the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC). The approval became official in mid-June after an...
June 19, 2014
Airbus Helicopters has delivered an AS350 B3e AStar to the Mississippi Department of Public Safety (DPS).  The new law enforcement-equipped helicopter was built in the...
June 19, 2014
Bell Helicopter will display the first Slovakian Bell 429 Helicopter Emergency Medical Services (HEMS) aircraft, owned by Air-Transport Europe, s.r.o (ATE), at...
June 18, 2014
Airbus Helicopters has delivered the first fully “built-in-Brazil” EC725 to the Brazilian Navy, marking a major milestone in the company’s cooperation with the country to supply mission-ready multi-role rotorcraft for its three military services and to develop a capable national helicopter industry. This aircraft’s handover occurred at the new rotary-wing center of excellence...
June 18, 2014
Metro Aviation has delivered a new Airbus Helicopters EC135 to Northwest MedStar. This is the third delivery by Metro Aviation in the past year, making a total of seven rotorcraft in the Spokane, Wash...
June 17, 2014
Baltimore Helicopter Services (BHS), an executive helicopter operator based in Baltimore, Md., recently upgraded its fleet by adding a new Bell 407 to its...
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